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Goldman Sachs regularly invites leading thinkers from a broad range of
backgrounds to share their views and expertise.

Tory Burch

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tory Burch LLC

John Lewis

US Representative of Georgia's Fifth Congressional District

Samantha Power

US Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) and Member of President Obama’s Cabinet

Jeff Jonas

IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist of the IBM Entity Analytics Group

Dr. Enric Sala

Marine Ecologist and National Geographic Society Explorer-in-residence

Claudia Malley

National Geographic's Executive Vice President of Global Corporate Partnership

Yao Ming

Former National Basketball Association Player and Founder of the Yao Ming Foundation

Bill George

Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School, Author and Former CEO at Medtronic

Danny Meyer

Chief Executive Officer of Union Square Hospitality Group

Howard Marks

Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Oaktree Capital Management and Author

Michael Pettis

Economist and Professor at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management

David Adjaye

Architect and Designer of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture

Dr. Aya Abe

Director Of Japan's National Institute of Population and Social Security Research

Anne Hubert

Senior Vice President at Viacom Media Networks and Head of its Creative Consulting Team

Eric Schmidt

Executive Chairman and Former Chief Executive Officer at Google

Ray Kelly

Former New York City Police Department Commissioner

Cobi Jones

All-time Leader for Appearances on the U.S. National Soccer Team

Ray Allen

Professional Basketball Player and Olympic Gold Medalist

Dr. Eric Kandel

Nobel Prize-winning Neuroscientist and Co-director of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University

General Stan McChrystal

Former Commander of the United States Armed Forces Afghanistan and Founder of the Aspen Institute's Franklin Project

Marc Morial

President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Urban League

Zhang Xin

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of SOHO China

David Miliband

President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Rescue Committee

Kweku Mandela

Filmaker and President, Out of Africa Entertainment and Co-founder of Africa Rising

Michael Epkenhans

Director at the Centre for Military History and Social Sciences of the German Armed Forces

Bill Ritter

Former Governor of Colorado and President of the Center for the New Energy Economy

Ian Morris

Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History

About the program

Talks at GS offers Goldman Sachs people opportunities to learn more about some of the major issues shaping the world today.

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Panel: Storytelling as an Agent of Global Change

21 Oct 2015

Storytelling is fundamental to the mission of the National Geographic Society, which leverages it to impact global change. The National Geographic Society panelists share their perspectives on storytelling and how science and exploration work to help readers understand the economic and social change it can create.

Watch Video

Neil Berg: Broadway Behind the Curtain

20 Oct 2015

Composer, lyricist and producer Neil Berg has produced hundreds of concerts across the world. At a Talks@GS session at Goldman Sachs in New York, Berg discusses his decades-long career and creative process, as well as the business of Broadway.

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Ross Kemp: Documenting Extreme Stories

08 Oct 2015

Actor and award-winning documentary maker Ross Kemp’s investigative journalism series covers a range of extreme situations, from gang culture to conflict zones to border stand-offs. During a Talks at GS session, Kemp discussed the experience of capturing compelling stories in dangerous situations.

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Justin Welby: The Role of Religion in Modern Society

30 Sep 2015

The archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, participated in a Talks at GS session at Goldman Sachs in London, where he discussed his experiences in business, the role of religious leadership in modern society and the need for international and interfaith cooperation in solving today’s global challenges.

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Panel: The Social and Economic Impact of Evolving Family Dynamics

21 Sep 2015

The structure of the American family has undergone fundamental changes over the last 50 years. To discuss the social implications of these changes, Goldman Sachs welcomed Stew Friedman, director of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project; Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; and Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, to a Talks at GS session in New York.

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Bill George: Lessons in Authentic Leadership

10 Sep 2015

Bill George, senior fellow at Harvard Business School, author of Discover Your True North and former chief executive officer at Medtronic, discussed the core leadership qualities of authenticity, values and ethics, and shared lessons learned from some of the world’s most successful leaders.

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Howard Marks: Philosophies on Investing

11 Aug 2015

Howard Marks, co-founder and co-chairman of Oaktree Capital Management and author of The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor, discusses his investment philosophy and cyclicality in markets.

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David Pilling: "Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival"

10 Aug 2015

David Pilling, Asia editor of the Financial Times and author of Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival, discussed the economic, social and political challenges facing Japan today, drawing on his firsthand coverage of Japan’s devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident in March 2011.

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Ava DuVernay: The Making of "Selma"

06 Jul 2015

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Director Ava DuVernay discussed her film Selma, which chronicles the historic civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.

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Nick Bollettieri: Coaching Excellence

01 Jul 2015

Tennis legend Nick Bollettieri has coached 10 number one players throughout his career. The founder of the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy discusses innovation in sports and fostering a culture of excellence.

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John Amaechi: The Psychology of Success

22 Jun 2015

John Amaechi, former National Basketball Association player, best-selling author and executive coach, discusses his journey in professional sports and the importance of being inclusive.

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Danny Meyer: The Business of Hospitality

22 Jun 2015

Since opening his first restaurant in 1985, restaurateur Danny Meyer has become a fixture on the New York City dining scene. The chief executive officer of Union Square Hospitality Group discusses the importance of service and building a strong culture of hospitality.

Learn More

Mark Kelly: The Spirit of Exploration

01 May 2015

Retired astronaut, retired US Navy Captain and author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Gabby: A Story of Courage, Love and Resilience, Mark Kelly discusses space exploration and the human desire to explore.

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Christine Loh: Environmental Sustainability in Asia

29 Apr 2015

An increased focus on environmental sustainability has recently positioned Hong Kong to become a national influencer of change in China. Christine Loh, Under Secretary for the Environment in Hong Kong, discusses how public and private sectors can partner together to effect change.

Watch Videos

Kenneth Langone and Neal Goldman: The Science of Relationships

28 Apr 2015

Today’s technology is impacting the way in which we develop personal relationships. The Home Depot co-founder Kenneth Langone discusses the art of building successful relationships, and Neal Goldman, founder of networking platform Relationship Science, explains how to maximize them through technology.

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Panel: The Millennial Effect

13 Mar 2015

Anne Hubert, a senior vice president at Viacom Media Networks and head of its creative consulting team, Scratch, joined Lindsay Drucker Mann, a vice president in Global Investment Research at Goldman Sachs, to discuss the Millennial generation’s impact on the global economy and culture.

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Eric Kandel: The Science of Memory

02 Mar 2015

Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Dr. Eric Kandel, co-director of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University, discusses the science of learning and memory.

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Panel: The New Oil Order

24 Feb 2015

Alastair Maxwell, co-head of Global Energy within the Investment Banking Division, moderated a panel discussion in London exploring the transformation of the global energy landscape, described as the New Oil Order.

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Panel: The Sundance Premiere of "The Power of Words"

29 Jan 2015

In conjunction with the Sundance Film Festival, filmmaker Kweku Mandela, along with filmmakers Nabil Elderkin and Tyler Strachan, discuss “The Power of Words,” a film project undertaken by the Tribeca Film Institute, Montblanc and the Nelson Mandela Foundation to honor the legacy of Mandela’s grandfather, Nelson Mandela.

Watch Video

David Miliband: Reigniting Hope in the Face of Crises

17 Dec 2014

David Miliband, president and chief executive officer of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), discusses his career in public service and the IRC’s mission to provide relief and development operations in more than 40 countries around the world.

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Panel: The Evolution of Bitcoin

03 Dec 2014

Balaji Srinivasan, CEO of 21 Inc., and board partner at Andreessen Horowitz, along with Jerry Brito, executive director of Coin Center, which focuses on public policy issues for digital currency, discussed the evolution of Bitcoin and its long-term potential.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014

17 Nov 2014

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014, Goldman Sachs hosted a panel discussion in London with four business leaders on what it takes to grow a successful company.

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Linda Rottenberg: Developing High Impact Entrepreneurs

28 Oct 2014

Linda Rottenberg, co-founder and CEO of nonprofit organization Endeavor, which identifies and supports high-impact entrepreneurs in developing countries to promote long-term economic growth, discusses the concept of entrepreneurship and the power of taking risks.

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Cristián Samper: Protecting Wildlife and Wild Places

20 Oct 2014

Dr. Cristián Samper, president and chief executive officer of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), discusses the importance of public-private partnerships, including that between WCS and Goldman Sachs to create the Karukinka Natural Park in Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

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Panel: The 100th Anniversary of World War I

23 Jul 2014

David A. Andelman, editor-in-chief of the World Policy Journal, and Dr. Michael Epkenhans, director at the Center for Military History and Social Sciences of the German Armed Forces, discussed the events of World War I and its legacy, 100 years later.

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John Whitehead and Tom Brokaw: Remembering  D-Day

25 Jun 2014

Former Goldman Sachs senior partner and co-chairman John C. Whitehead sits down with Tom Brokaw, journalist and author of The Greatest Generation, to discuss the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy and Whitehead’s role as a landing craft commander on D-Day.

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Lord John Browne: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

18 Jun 2014

Lord John Browne, former CEO of BP and member of the House of Lords, discusses the energy sector and lessons reflected in his latest book, The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out Is Good Business, on the importance of an authentic, inclusive environment for LGBT employees in the workplace.

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Panel: The Growth of Soccer in the United States

12 Jun 2014

Three of the greatest advocates for soccer in the United States – Cobi Jones, the all-time leader for appearances on the U.S. national team; Claudio Reyna, former captain of the U.S. national team; and Ed Foster-Simeon, President and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation – discuss soccer’s growth across the country and their careers in the sport.

Watch Videos

Bill Ritter: The Energy Economy

01 May 2014

Bill Ritter, former governor of Colorado and president of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE), discusses clean energy and the proposals outlined in the CNEE’s recent report, Powering Forward.

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Ian Morris: A History of Peacemaking

09 Apr 2014

Professor Ian Morris, Jean and Rebecca Willard professor of classics and professor of history at Stanford University, spoke about current international conflicts and the role of peacemaking in war throughout history in the context of his most recent book, War! What Is It Good For?

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Panel: Perspectives on the Global Economy

20 Mar 2014

A discussion on the global economy brought together three of Goldman Sachs’ international advisors: Charles de Croisset, Goldman Sachs’ advisor on France; Ian Macfarlane, former governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia; and Bob Zoellick, former president of the World Bank Group and chairman of the firm’s international advisors.

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Panel: Impact of US Healthcare Reform

03 Mar 2014

For our panel on the impact of healthcare reform in the United States, Goldman Sachs brought together former Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota; Dr. Kenneth Davis, president and chief executive officer of Mount Sinai Medical Center; and Dr. Jeffrey Kang, senior vice president of Health and Wellness Services and Solutions at Walgreens.

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Panel: The Impact of Media in Politics

04 Dec 2013

Best-selling political journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, authors of the books Game Change and Double Down, discuss the impact of media on campaign decisions in the 2008 and 2012 US presidential elections.

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Panel: Storytelling as an Agent of Global Change

21 Oct 2015

Storytelling is fundamental to the mission of the National Geographic Society, which leverages it to impact global change. The National Geographic Society panelists share their perspectives on storytelling and how science and exploration work to help readers understand the economic and social change it can create.

Watch Video

Neil Berg: Broadway Behind the Curtain

20 Oct 2015

Composer, lyricist and producer Neil Berg has produced hundreds of concerts across the world. At a Talks@GS session at Goldman Sachs in New York, Berg discusses his decades-long career and creative process, as well as the business of Broadway.

Learn More

Ross Kemp: Documenting Extreme Stories

08 Oct 2015

Actor and award-winning documentary maker Ross Kemp’s investigative journalism series covers a range of extreme situations, from gang culture to conflict zones to border stand-offs. During a Talks at GS session, Kemp discussed the experience of capturing compelling stories in dangerous situations.

Watch Video

Justin Welby: The Role of Religion in Modern Society

30 Sep 2015

The archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, participated in a Talks at GS session at Goldman Sachs in London, where he discussed his experiences in business, the role of religious leadership in modern society and the need for international and interfaith cooperation in solving today’s global challenges.

Watch Video

Panel: The Social and Economic Impact of Evolving Family Dynamics

21 Sep 2015

The structure of the American family has undergone fundamental changes over the last 50 years. To discuss the social implications of these changes, Goldman Sachs welcomed Stew Friedman, director of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project; Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; and Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, to a Talks at GS session in New York.

Watch Video

Howard Marks: Philosophies on Investing

11 Aug 2015

Howard Marks, co-founder and co-chairman of Oaktree Capital Management and author of The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor, discusses his investment philosophy and cyclicality in markets.

Watch Video

Nick Bollettieri: Coaching Excellence

01 Jul 2015

Tennis legend Nick Bollettieri has coached 10 number one players throughout his career. The founder of the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy discusses innovation in sports and fostering a culture of excellence.

Watch Video

John Amaechi: The Psychology of Success

22 Jun 2015

John Amaechi, former National Basketball Association player, best-selling author and executive coach, discusses his journey in professional sports and the importance of being inclusive.

Learn More

Danny Meyer: The Business of Hospitality

22 Jun 2015

Since opening his first restaurant in 1985, restaurateur Danny Meyer has become a fixture on the New York City dining scene. The chief executive officer of Union Square Hospitality Group discusses the importance of service and building a strong culture of hospitality.

Learn More

Mark Kelly: The Spirit of Exploration

01 May 2015

Retired astronaut, retired US Navy Captain and author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Gabby: A Story of Courage, Love and Resilience, Mark Kelly discusses space exploration and the human desire to explore.

Watch Video

Christine Loh: Environmental Sustainability in Asia

29 Apr 2015

An increased focus on environmental sustainability has recently positioned Hong Kong to become a national influencer of change in China. Christine Loh, Under Secretary for the Environment in Hong Kong, discusses how public and private sectors can partner together to effect change.

Watch Videos

Kenneth Langone and Neal Goldman: The Science of Relationships

28 Apr 2015

Today’s technology is impacting the way in which we develop personal relationships. The Home Depot co-founder Kenneth Langone discusses the art of building successful relationships, and Neal Goldman, founder of networking platform Relationship Science, explains how to maximize them through technology.

Watch Videos

Panel: The Millennial Effect

13 Mar 2015

Anne Hubert, a senior vice president at Viacom Media Networks and head of its creative consulting team, Scratch, joined Lindsay Drucker Mann, a vice president in Global Investment Research at Goldman Sachs, to discuss the Millennial generation’s impact on the global economy and culture.

Watch Videos

Eric Kandel: The Science of Memory

02 Mar 2015

Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Dr. Eric Kandel, co-director of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University, discusses the science of learning and memory.

Watch Videos

Panel: The Sundance Premiere of "The Power of Words"

29 Jan 2015

In conjunction with the Sundance Film Festival, filmmaker Kweku Mandela, along with filmmakers Nabil Elderkin and Tyler Strachan, discuss “The Power of Words,” a film project undertaken by the Tribeca Film Institute, Montblanc and the Nelson Mandela Foundation to honor the legacy of Mandela’s grandfather, Nelson Mandela.

Watch Video

David Miliband: Reigniting Hope in the Face of Crises

17 Dec 2014

David Miliband, president and chief executive officer of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), discusses his career in public service and the IRC’s mission to provide relief and development operations in more than 40 countries around the world.

Watch Videos

Panel: The Evolution of Bitcoin

03 Dec 2014

Balaji Srinivasan, CEO of 21 Inc., and board partner at Andreessen Horowitz, along with Jerry Brito, executive director of Coin Center, which focuses on public policy issues for digital currency, discussed the evolution of Bitcoin and its long-term potential.

Watch Video

Linda Rottenberg: Developing High Impact Entrepreneurs

28 Oct 2014

Linda Rottenberg, co-founder and CEO of nonprofit organization Endeavor, which identifies and supports high-impact entrepreneurs in developing countries to promote long-term economic growth, discusses the concept of entrepreneurship and the power of taking risks.

Watch Videos

Cristián Samper: Protecting Wildlife and Wild Places

20 Oct 2014

Dr. Cristián Samper, president and chief executive officer of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), discusses the importance of public-private partnerships, including that between WCS and Goldman Sachs to create the Karukinka Natural Park in Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

Watch Video

John Whitehead and Tom Brokaw: Remembering  D-Day

25 Jun 2014

Former Goldman Sachs senior partner and co-chairman John C. Whitehead sits down with Tom Brokaw, journalist and author of The Greatest Generation, to discuss the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy and Whitehead’s role as a landing craft commander on D-Day.

Watch Videos

Lord John Browne: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

18 Jun 2014

Lord John Browne, former CEO of BP and member of the House of Lords, discusses the energy sector and lessons reflected in his latest book, The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out Is Good Business, on the importance of an authentic, inclusive environment for LGBT employees in the workplace.

Watch Videos

Panel: The Growth of Soccer in the United States

12 Jun 2014

Three of the greatest advocates for soccer in the United States – Cobi Jones, the all-time leader for appearances on the U.S. national team; Claudio Reyna, former captain of the U.S. national team; and Ed Foster-Simeon, President and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation – discuss soccer’s growth across the country and their careers in the sport.

Watch Videos

Bill Ritter: The Energy Economy

01 May 2014

Bill Ritter, former governor of Colorado and president of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE), discusses clean energy and the proposals outlined in the CNEE’s recent report, Powering Forward.

Watch Video